Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner - OPTIONAL

The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner, 361 pages. Penguin (Random House), 2018. $17.99

Language: R (100+ swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13;



Ava and Vera are not only twins, but best friends. On Halloween when the girls are 6, Ava disappears. This alters the course of the family’s lives. Fast forward to Vera’s 18th birthday party – she has felt the loss of her sister, family and self. Imagine her surprise when Ava suddenly reappears. Vera sacrifices much to rebuild the twin relationship, but Ava is lost and unable to share her memories and struggles. Tragedy strikes again. Old leads are followed, and a new history is written. Once again it is Vera’s heart that is forgiving and generous.

This easy read, intriguing book does not have an original plot, but is compelling and full of ideas that leave the reader searching for answers that do not have solutions. The characters come alive and are easy to believe with problems that are real and beg to be corrected. The twist at the end wants to have a sequel. It has so many swears and teen smoking that I didn’t want to finish reading, but was compelled to find out what happens next.

Reviewer: Clara Pickett

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